City Directories and History: 1958 and 1966 – John M. Marion
The Marion House, named for the long-term owner Mr. John A. Marion, was believed to have been constructed as a townhouse in circa 1825. Common to the period twin parlors flank the central entrance hall. Believed to have been built by Judge J. M. Ross (John Miller Ross), it has housed only five families in its 200 years. Judge Ross was married to a granddaughter of Colonel William Hill, a patriot who gained local fame in the Revolutionary cause, and who owned the land and laid out the streets and lots where York is now situated.
About 1860, Colonel Joseph A. McLean’s second wife was Clara Dargan, poetess and composer, of “Ode to Kings Mountain.” The Marion family acquired the home in the 1920’s. It was at this time that the grounds were extensively landscaped and the facade, porches and rear additions to the home were also remodeled and added. Larry and Pat Wilcox next owned and restored the house. [Courtesy of the Yorkville Historical Society – 2002]
RAILROADS COME TO YORK COUNTY – Several additional facts about the rail line from Columbia to Rock Hill may be of interest to the reader. First, the men from York District who attended the convention concerning the building of a railroad from Charlotte to Columbia were Colonel W. C. Beatty, William A. Latta, John Miller Ross, Robert Gadsden McCaw, William Moore, W. Giles, J. Beatty Smith, and Joel W. Rawlinson. This initial meeting of interested parties was held at Winnsboro on May 24 and 25, 1847.
Subscribers for stock in the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad Company on September 9 and 10, 1847, were these: Colonel W. C. Beatty, John Miller Ross, Colonel William Wright, John S. Moore, W. I. Clawson, William A. Latta, George W. Williams, Colonel Edward Avery, Harvey Hugh Drennan, Rev. Archibald Whyte, Thomas D. Spratt, James D. Spratt, A. M. White, George P. White, William E. White, and Captain John Massey.
(Along the Landsford Road, by Wm. B. White, Jr. Vol., I – 2008)
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